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F-35 pilot training underway

Senior AirmanJAMES HENSLEY Travis Byrom, Lockheed Martin instructor pilot, briefs students in the first F-35 Lightning II training course before the start of class May 5 at Luke Air Force Base. The students are Lt. Col. Sean Holahan, and Maj. Eric Puels, former F-16 Fighting Falcon instructors, Capt. Michael Hobson and Capt. Kyle Babbitt, former…

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Wild Weasels reunite

Senior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS The Wild Weasels gather for a group photo during their reunion May 1 at Luke Air Force Base. The Wild Weasels were formed during the early days of the Vietnam War. Their mission was to seek out and engage surface-to-air missile sites. Luke Air Force Base hosted the 81st Fighter Squadron Wild…

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LRS Airmen undertake unusual engine repair

Courtesy Photo Staff Sgt. Kyle Saunders, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle maintenance journeyman, works on a destroyed valve inside the engine of a 2006 Ford Bobtail at Luke Air Force Base. The type of maintenance on this vehicle is considered unique because the cab was lifted off the frame to access the parts requiring repair….

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First female F-35 pilot begins training

Courtesy photo Lt. Col. Christine Mau, the 33rd Operations Group deputy commander, puts on her helmet before taking her first flight in the F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter May 5 at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Mau, who previously flew F-15E Strike Eagles, made history as the first female F-35 pilot in the program….

Senior Airman James Hensley Health & Safety

May: Asthma Awareness Month – Controlling symptoms important to quality of life

World Asthma Day was May 5. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, states that Asthma is one of the most common lifelong diseases.


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Sports

Sports Shorts – March 29, 2013

Posted  March 29, 2013

White Tank hike The Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center is featuring a White Tank Mountains hike 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 19. For more information, call (623) 856-6241. Family camp out The spring family camp out at Fowler Park is April 12 and 13. Eat s’mores around a camp fire, sleep under the…

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Luke reaches millionth hour milestone

Posted  March 22, 2013

Airman 1st Class Devante Williams The millionth F-16 Fighting Falcon flying training hour at Luke Air Force Base was reached March 13. F-16s first touched down at Luke AFB on Dec. 6, 1982. To date, Luke has graduated 18,164 F-16 fighter pilots. Approximately 2,000 F-16 hours are flown a month by Luke pilots and students….

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Salutes & Awards

56th Fighter Wing captures ‘Outstanding Unit’ award

Posted  March 22, 2013

The 56th Fighter Wing has an illustrious history of accomplishments and awards, and another chapter was added to that history. The results for the Air Force Outstanding Unit were released Feb. 27 from Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, and Luke Air Force Base’s 56th FW was awarded an Air Force Outstanding Unit Award for the…

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Civic leader tour

Posted  March 22, 2013

Michael Wynne, former Secretary of the Air Force, and his wife, Barbara, are escorted by Chief Master Sgt. Reginald Franks, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron Propulsion Flight chief, on a tour of the hush houses March 15 during a visit to Luke Air Force Base. The Air Force Civic Leader program brings national leaders together to…

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Micro to macro – What’s the smallest thing you care about?

Posted  March 22, 2013

What’s the smallest thing you care about in your job here at Luke Air Force Base? Many times in our work centers the “big things” have a way of prioritizing themselves, at least at first glance. Regardless of your work center, you know what the big things are. You are probably ticking them off in…

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Argument construction

Posted  March 22, 2013

One of the most vocal issues in American politics today is the gun control debate. This article does not seek to take sides in the debate, rather to temper the way in which Airmen choose to take part. Hopefully this will lead to more constructive debate tactics for this and future issues. What we write…

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EMS assumption of command

Posted  March 22, 2013

Senior Airman Sandra Welch Col. Victor Mora, 56th Maintenance Group commander, passes the guidon to Maj. Kathryn Roman, March 19 as she assumes command of the 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron in Hanger 485 on Luke Air Force Base.

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AFAF reaches for 2013 goal

Posted  March 22, 2013

The Air Force Assistance Fund kicks off Monday at Luke Air Force Base and continues through May 3. The Air Force-wide campaign raises funds to benefit Airmen and their families, including active-duty members, retirees, reservists, guardsmen and surviving spouses. Last year, Luke members contributed $90,000 exceeding the goal by $20,000. This year’s goal is $68,513, but…

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News Briefs March 22, 2013

Posted  March 22, 2013

MOAA meeting The Luke Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America Annual Auction Night dinner is April 11. Social hour is 5 p.m., dinner is 6 p.m. and the program begins at 7 p.m. at Club Five Six. All funds raised in the silent auction, live auction and raffle go to the scholarship fund…

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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  March 22, 2013

Airman 1st Class Brendon Garwood 56th Component Maintenance Squadron Avionics Intermediate Station Team Member Hometown: Dupo, Ill. Years in service: One Goals: To finish my career development courses, capture below-the-zone and test for staff sergeant as soon after as possible; ultimately to become a chief Greatest feat: Graduating basic training and tech school Self-description: I’m…

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